Amstel Bock
Amstel Brouwerij B. V.

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Amstel Brouwerij B. V.
Bock - Traditional
3.3 | pDev: 15.15%
Mar 02, 2019
Dec 22, 2004
Amstel BockAmstel Bock
Notes: Has changed names a number of times in the past:
1983 - Amstel Bockbier
1996 - Amstel Herfstbock
2003 - Amstel Bock
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3.28 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands on Mar 02, 2019
3.29 by BenMaalouf from Virginia on Dec 06, 2017
3 by mothman from Minnesota on Jan 03, 2017
3.74 by Squire from Mississippi on May 22, 2016
2.36 by 54V4G3 from Belgium on May 05, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Zet from Netherlands

Dark ruby with an unimpressive head of foam. The surface is defenceless within a minute. Smell of caramel, banana, malt and hops. These flavours continue in the taste, a nice bittersweet balance. Taste can be a bit watery though, just as the mouth feel. If you're looking for a fine example of a mass produced dutch herfstbok, you're better off with the Bavaria bok. This one is still not a bad choice though.

Jan 24, 2016
3.25 by Oidmoe from Austria on Oct 25, 2015
3.5 by BJSmit from Netherlands on Dec 01, 2014
3 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 28, 2014
3.25 by frontalot from Washington on Oct 20, 2014
3 by leitmotif from Romania on Sep 18, 2014
3.25 by His_Royal_Hoppiness from England on Aug 03, 2014
3 by Sellen from Connecticut on Jul 29, 2014
3.25 by rojavaga from Bulgaria on Jul 12, 2014
3 by flatwave from Greece on Jul 12, 2014
3 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 02, 2014
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 29, 2014
3.25 by barryjg from Texas on Feb 26, 2014
3.25 by DOCRW from Washington on Feb 23, 2014
2.75 by SuperMario from California on Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by safaricook from Netherlands

rubin red clear body, little carbonation, beige fine bubbled head
smell is clean of caramel malt, little alcoholic
taste is caramel too with balancing bitterness. not sweet at all
medium to low body, a bit coating on the palate like sirup
classic and quite enjoyable Dutch bockbier. Drunk on a windy rainy and sunny classic Dutch fall day after a walk outside. Cannot remember that I have enjoyed a classic Dutch bockbier ever before this much.
And it is dead cheap!

Notes from Blind Bockbier tasting project fall 2019

Brown like fall leaves with a slightly beige foam of fine bubbles, not much and not stable 4
bready malts, lightly roasted almonds coated with caramel like you get them at the Christmas markets in Austria, 4
full flavoured alcoholic and malty goodness. The malt reminding me of artisan bread baked a bit too much to get just a bit of roast, sweetness is present but holding back and drying out, hop bitterness is definitely there and even lingers a bit, no aroma or flavour of the hops. 4
full with a fine just just slightly tickling carbonation 4
Very nice Bockbier and very typical for the style. Aroma tells you about sweetness but the flavor nicely balances the sweetness with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is great as well. 4

Oct 09, 2013
3 by herrburgess from South Carolina on Aug 05, 2013
3 by mariobbr from Serbia on May 07, 2013
3.5 by Hines219 from Ohio on Apr 29, 2013
1.25 by Petertauro from Spain on Apr 17, 2013
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3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by metter98 from New York

Bottle at Oud Holland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear dark yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a foamy white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness and caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with initial flavors of malty sweetness and then notes of smoked malts towards the finish. There is just enough bitterness to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little lighter compared to other bock beers but this makes it relatively easy to drink without being too filling. I liked the notes of smoke in the finish because these kept the taste from being one dimensional.

Apr 16, 2013
3 by innominat from Ireland on Mar 04, 2013
3.25 by Giannis from Greece on Feb 15, 2013
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3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Douberd from Netherlands

ABV 7%
Typical dutch brown bottle of 300 ml. Poured into a snifter glass.
This beer pours a dark ruby colour, without any activity in the glass and one finger of head, beige in colour. The head has average retention and once gone, leaves a light lacing around the glass, plus some traces of foam on the beer's surface.
Aroma is mostly caramel and dark chocolate, with some alcohol as well. Some toffee too.
Medium bitterness on the taste, with the dominant flavour being bitter chocolate. Caramel notes can be also found. Very tasty.
Nice thick body and medium carbonation. A bit oily on the palate.
I am not a big fan of Amstel anymore, but this one is a very good beer.

Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackHaddock from England

21 Oct 2012 in Valkenburg, Holland: Cafe De Grendelpoort is having a Bockfest and this was one of the brews on-tap. It was down as 'Amstel Ripe Bok', the barrel had been stored for a year and this was the 2011 Winter brew being broached for the little pub-fest.

The dark ruby red colour I was expecting turned up, along with a small but complete head of tan coloured bubbles.

The smell and taste were semi-burnt malts and red berries (no peat bogs this time, unlike the tin I found in Greece).

Fairly mellow and smooth feel to the brew, maybe because of the years wait, but as I've never had a fresh on-tap one I don't know if it is always like that.

I'd have had another but there were more to try.

Nov 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by djura from Serbia

I got it from Greece,so this one is actually made in some Greece brewery from Athens.

A-No carbonation at all. Excellent darker foam,lasting long enough. Dark ruby color.

S-Mostly caramel malt,chocolate with some dark fruits.

T/M-Lighter winter beer,a bit watery,caramel in the mouth,also nice bitterness,0 carbonation.

O-It is lager,and you could taste that,so not the best style,but nice to have once in the wile.

Apr 15, 2012
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2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by patra7 from Greece

Appearance: Very deep, dark red. Big brown head with average retention.
Smell: Not much expect for some boiled cabbage-like smell (not very pleasant!).
Taste: Definitely malty character balanced by some bitterness. Light notes of roasting also present but overall, all flavors feel somehow subdued.
Mouthfeel: Full body, perhaps a bit too full, with a sticky feel that I don’t like. Very low carbonation.
Drinkability: Not for me. Something with the stickiness, something with the absence of (pleasant) smells, I just wouldn’t want another one

Mar 11, 2012
3 by bckayaalp from New York on Mar 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by JosLutz from Netherlands

Poured it from a 33 cl. bottle into a glass on a sunny autumn afternoon, sitting on my neighbours 1900 barge. Ideal circumstances, hence.

The colour was very dark brown, ruby when held against the light. It had little foam.

The taste was a little flat, with a remote hint of spices and smoked wood.
Somewhat cowardish in the beginning, slightly bitter at the end.

Well balanced between yeast and sweet.

A fine Bock, nothing more nothing less.

Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

The highlight of Greece culminates in the last beer enjoyed before the trip home. Amstel's Herfstbock carries the opidome of flavors that are best represented in authentic German Bockbiers. Dry toasty malt flavor and feel chase the beer from initial aromas to it's malty-dry finish. Medium to heavy toast are the perfect complemnts to rich walnut and burnt caramel malt flavor. But without the associated sweetness from malt, the beer instead relies on smooth savory lager flavors of caramelized starch and caramel for a nearly meaty taste. Full bodied to start, the beer's lager-like character takes hold with a fully attenuated dryness but without astringency or unnecessary bite. Low in bitterness, hops aren't needed to balance the toasty malt body and finish. Delicious throughout and a fine complement to kebabs and smoked gouda.

Nov 30, 2011
4 by rekel from Netherlands on Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rvdoorn from Netherlands

Look: the beer pours a reddish-brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Heavy roasted malts, licorice, toffee
Taste: Roasted malts, toffee, medicinal, some light licorice. Aftertaste is sweet, dry and aromatic
Mouthfeel: Medium body, soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew

Jul 23, 2011
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3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by david18 from New York

I had a glass of this at a bar while visiting Amsterdam recently. Who knew that Amstel had anything besides light beer. This, among many of their other offerings, was somewhat interesting.

Poured an amber/brown color with a light brown head. The aroma was slightly malty with some of the alcohol coming through. The taste also had a distinct combination of malt and alcohol heat, not unlike most bocks. I would recommend seeking this out when visiting Europe, especially (obviously) in Holland.

Feb 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by RuudJH from Netherlands

Trying some bockbeers, this one from my homecountry.
33 cl. bottle in this style, from the mainstream brewery, trying to access a special market like most mainstream brewers do.

Dark brown with a decent head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell and taste are of caramel, malts, some dark fruits, dried fruits.
The aftertaste is bittersweet. The alcohol is very present, but it's not too harsh at all. Actually sweet.
Decently drinkable bockbier. It's very much middle of the road in this particular style. Not bad, but nothing special either.

Nov 01, 2010
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3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ccrida from Oregon

Served in the logo snifter at a brown cafe in Amsterdam, Amstel Bock is a dark chestnut brown with a ruddy glow, with an off-white head that leaves lots of lace.

Smell is sweet, malty, with caramel and brown sugar, with a hint of almond as it opened up, but rather soft overall.

Taste is malty but bittersweet, with a lingering bitterness and not much complexity.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, but with some creaminess. Medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, light and bitter, but not to exciting.

Dec 29, 2009
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